Please ID this book/story?

I thought it was written by Nabokov, and I thought it was called “The Spider” but I seem to be wrong on both counts, because I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

It was about a mentally ill man, who rented a room. He began to descend into schizophrenia, or at least into hallucinations. He built, or hallucinated building a web that filled his entire bedroom.

I also think that it was made into a movie in the not-too-distant past.

That’s about all my aging mind can muster. Help me Dopers!

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Could it have been this movie? It sounds like an original work, not based on a book, but the preview on IMDB does show him building a web of sorts from string in his room.


Oops, looks like it was a book: Spider by Patrick McGrath. I haven’t read it, but I’m guessing this is it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider_(novel)

Doesn’t exactly mesh with your remembered details but could it be the short story The Metamorphisby Kafka?

Most recent film adaptation was in 2012, according to that wiki link.

I doubt it; too familiar.

FWIW, I’m not a Nabokov reader, but I did index a run of a journal dedicated to him, and this story doesn’t ring a bell.

I think it must have been this. And perhaps I conflated it with Metamorphosis.
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Memories is weird. Thanks y’all!